Village Defence Force Punjab (India)

Country: India
Details of Formation: The village defence force is first mentioned in February 1984 when the Punjab state government announced that it would set up such a group as a response to attacks by terrorists. Apparently the [a former] group existed before the coded date, as one source refers to the revival of the village defence force, but there is no further information on this.
Details of Termination: The group’s last activity is reported in 1993 and there is no information about the group afterwards.
Purpose: The group was formed to combat religious extremist violence and Sikh separatism in Punjab and to provide security more generally.
Organisation: The group was responsible to the state government in Punjab, where it operated.
Weapons and Training: The group was armed with guns by the state government.
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Treatment of Civilians: The group defended civilians against violent attacks by separatists. One politician accused the PGM of attacking Sikh party members.
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References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.